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in florida. >> absolutely. >> i'll get your reaction. >> let me talk about race. mark o'mara was not afraid to squarely talk about race. what he said was there was a young woman who had been burglarized in the neighborhood by a young african-american male. it was reasonable for george zimmerman to think that perhaps trayvon martin was suspicious as a result. what a missed opportunity for the prosecution to come back and say, you mean to tell me that just because somebody else of this young man's race had committed a burglary, this is a criminal? that is racial profiling. and add to that, the number of prior incidents where george zimmerman had called the police about suspicious in the neighborhood. 100% of whom were african-american. the prosecution fought hard to get that into evidence. it came in. and they were silent about it in closing argument. >> i want to get your reaction. >> my feeling about it, i think lisa is right on the question that they could have talked more about racial profiling. i would submit that many people on that jury would not know what that is. we can say it. we kn
. but looking at today, and even just the body language of mark o'mara, they don't seem to be quite as confident. this defense witness doesn't seem to have served george zimmerman ea zimmerman's case particularly well. >> yeah. this was a mistake by this defense. and let me make it clear, the defense has been doing a really good job. these are excellent attorneys. no question about that. but sometimes when you're in the thick of it, you can't really see the forest for the trees. you just can't see. you lose somewhat of a sense of how well you are doing. and this witness just didn't need to be called. i don't know that he added anything for the defense. and the prosecution did such an effective job of cross examining the witness, he came off as being biased. he came off as being very speculative. >> sunny, i'm so sorry to interrupt you. there is a new defense witness on the stand that we want to listen in on. >> t-a-l-a-n. >> and at one point back in february of actually early 2012, did you live in the retreat at twin lakes area. >> yeah. >> have you since moved out. >> yes, i have. >> are you ma
's defense attorney, mark omara, questioned fulton about her recognition of her son's voice. >> you certainly hope, as a mom, you certainly hope that your son, trayvon martin would not have done anything that would have led to his own death, correct. >> what i hope for is that this would have never happened and he would still be here. that's my hope. >> absolutely. >> and now dealing with the reality that he's no longer here, it is certainly your hope, as a mom, holdout hope, as long as you can, that trayvon martin was in no way responsible for his own death, correct? >> i don't believe he was. >> it was a painful week of testimony, but this morning, we're going to move past the machinations of the trial itself, which is in recess until monday morning, and step out of the courtroom to discuss what the trial is telling us about ourselves. and for that, i'm joined by msnbc contributor, joy-ann reid of the grio, and toure, co-host of msnbc's "the cycle." also here again, anthea butler and alex wagner. joy, let me start with you. we were just looking at numbers around the o.j. simpson trial and l
a doubt for mark o'mara for the pictures taken of george zimmerman hours after the shooting where it appears he's got maybe a broken nose, blood trickling down from his nose and on the bask his head, those two lacerations which he says came from hitting his head on the back of that concrete and he says that's his self-defense claim, that he really had a reasonable fear for his life at that moment that he could either be killed or have great bodily injury. that is when he utilized the stand your ground law here in the state of florida, pulled out his tech..9 millimeter hand gun and shot one bullet into the heart of trayvon martin. after the defense' closing argument, there will be a short rebullets by the judge will give the jury their instruction which is include manslaughter as an option. back to you. >> steve: thank you very much. we just saw the judge welcomingment jurors into the room and we could actually see those big cutouts you were talking about over the shoulder of mr. o'mara who is commencing right now, his closing argument. >> brian: you see those. >> steve: plus, it s
halfway through. defense attorney mark o'mara is halfway through the closing arguments. he gets three hours basically to make his pitch that his client george zimmerman is not guilty. now the defenses turn as a george zimmerman awaits eventual judgment from a jury on whether or not he is guilty of second-degreed murder of 17- year-old trayvon martin. his legal team made closing arguments friday. >> george zimmerman is not guilty if you have reasonable doubt that he acted in self- defense. >> reporter: he was killed when he was shot by zimmerman on february 26th of last year. if not convicted of second- degree murder, judge debra nelson has said he can be found guilty of manslaughter. his family is keeping strong. >> prayerful and hopeful to good and this is going to end in cruz for trayvon martin. >> reporter: on thursday they argued zimmerman was angry and on a power trip when he targeted martin as a criminal. >> unfortunately because his assumptions were wrong, trayvon benjamin martin no longer walks on this earth. >> reporter: the prosecutor also held up a bag of scuttles candy, ru
mark o'mara used the same mannequin to give jurors an alternate view. >> could it happen this way? >> yes. >> a key question for the jurors, who was screaming on that 911 call moments before the fatal shot? witnesses on both sides said they could identify the voice. >> my son george. >> i felt that inside of my heart that is george. >> my son george. >> it was georgy. >> trayvon benjamin martin. >> my brother. >> my son. >> who threw the first punch, how serious were the injuries? >> even if you don't do enough to injure the brain significantly, you will have a stunning effect. >> he said he felt light-headed, had a headache. >> he did complain of trauma to his head meaning he had the lacerations. >> i apologize. other than that. >> the story that he told me of his head being struck against the ground. >> how would you characterize or classify the severity of the contusions or abrasions to his face? >> very small. >> and was martin punching or trying to get away when zimmerman fired the gun? >> we're confident that at the end of this trial you will know in your head, in your heart
. >> then yesterday defense attorney mark o'mara said they would have to determine that he acted in self-defense. martin posed a physical threat to zimmerman holding up a photo of a shirtless, physically fit martin that caused martin's mother to walk out of the courtroom. >> of that picture that we have of him on the medical examiner's table, yeah. but here's him three months before that night. >> the jury's options are to convict the 29-year-old zimmerman of second degree murder or a lesser degree of manslaughter or acquit him. go live now to the courthouse in sanford, florida, where craig melvin is standing by. so, the jury is back deliberating right now. do we have any sense in how this day is going to go. will we get a verdict? >> jury just back moments ago, as you mentioned, steve. the short answer to your question is no. however, i can tell you, i spoke to benjamin crump, attorney for the martin family last night and he said to me that he did not think that this jury would take a considerable amount of time to reach a verdict, whatever that verdict might be. 3 1/2 hours yesterday,
ago. they're taking a break right now. but defense attorney mark o'mara is addressing the six-member all women jury in this case. george zimmerman as you remember is being charged with second-degree murder in the february shooting of 17-year-old trayvon martin. now, he has claimed he was shooting him and killed him in self-defense. he's pled not guilty. in the closing argument so far, the defense attorney mark o'mara has said to jurors they have an important responsibility because they must weigh all the evidence and consider a very high standard. and that is one called beyond a this is what defense attorney mark o'mara has said so far this morning. >> do not allow them to give their words to your ears rather than george's. listen to what he said. there's not a witness in there. not one, state's case, not one who will say to you george zimmerman, yeah, the guy running around the neighborhood looking around. george zimmerman is not guilty. if you have just a reasonable doubt that he acted in self-defense. >> the jury has been listening to evidence for three weeks. in the closin
? >> because he's my son. >> over 9 days of testimony prosecutors called under 40 witnesses. the defense, mark o'mara, the attorney more george zimmerman will likely wrap his case wednesday or thursday. heather: the defense has upwards of 30-40 people on its witness list but most of them will not be called? >> reporter: without a doubt. george zimmerman could take the stand to help justify his assault on a 17-year-old teenager. if he takes the stand it would allow prosecutors to possibly rip him up on cross-examination. even the state attorney who declined to the file charges originally -- the governor replaced him and appointed the special prosecutor out of jacksonville who on april 11, 2012, charged zimmerman with second degree murder. when he first heard them -- we are still in the bench conference and the first witness coming up shortly will have more trial coverage coming up. heather: thank you so much. gregg: did the prosecution prove it case or will the jury be unconvinced? is reasonable doubt written all over this one? around legal panel will break it down. coming up -- chaos in egypt.
again today mark o'mara, the defense attorney for george zimmerman, kept asking all of these witnesses, do you hear any of that in those recordings that george zimmerman made with police, ill will, spite or hate? they all said, no. the defense expects to wrap this case this week, so this could be going to the jury perhaps by thursday or friday. back to you. jenna: very interesting, phil. thank you. jon: there are new concerns out there that the price of obamacare is spinning out of control. a leading republican senator now asking the administration why the costs of insurance subsidies keeps rising. chief national correspondent jim angle is live in d.c. with that. jim? >> reporter: hello there, and, of course, there's also a new delay in verifying the income for claiming those subsidies which you mentioned earlier, and that comes on top of the letter from senator hatch who's asking why the president is already requesting 107% more than three years ago to pay for subsidies. critics say the increases are necessary because more businesses will drop coverage or cut workers to part-time to a
. we started this morning. we had full days every day. weekends, depositions at night. martha: mark o'mara is saying setting it down. the judge walked out of the room and the attorneys still tried to talk over here. what happened last night? >> reporter: tempers are flooring as we are nearing the end of the most highly watched trial around the country. george zimmerman in the courtroom. things went so long last night instead of starting at 8:00 a.m. they are starting at 9:00 a.m. and critical rulings that could impact how this all female jury feels about the character of trayvon martin and george zimmerman and what happened as they head into the deliberations room as early as friday. i cally the gallery is full of spectators and it has been for the last 2 1/ 2 1/2 weeks. attorneys ban toward and focused specifically on a defense animation showing the final minute or so of trayvon martin's life. after prosecutors argued the images are misleading the animation is more like. >> still graphic and the controversial scene of martin punching zimmerman as the first punch has been edited out. pictu
. the case isn't finished, still doing examination of the witness. you notice mark o'mara is staying out of this frey. clearly there is a tension between this judge. >> and they came back and said, do you want to testify and left the opening i'll let you know later. that was not satisfactory. >> wasn't satisfactory for me, i'm jumping out of my skin. not the way we do things. even in florida. i don't practice in florida but it's just not professional. any criminal defendant in any case is cloaked with the right to remain silent. throughout the whole proceeding, a judge is supposed to instruct that to a jury, you never have to hear him say a word. it's common courtesy. the way martha in your field common courtesy between you and the producers and common courtesy between her and the attorneys, call him up first and say, i'm about to ask your client and take a minute. >> why do you think she got to his boiling point. >> feeling her oats. >> lights went out and -- >> she's pounding the chest. >> the night ended at 9:56. and not 10:00. >> she said 9:56, not 10:00. she's putting him in check.
tomorrow afternoon. i talked to defense lawyer mark o'mara yesterday. he told me that the defense closing argument will essentially tell a jury look this self-defense claim should apply not only to the charge of second degree murder but also to any lesser charges that jurors will consider. anthony, nora. >> mark strassmann thank you. legal analyst jacked for with ed forford with us. we know zimmerman will not testify. what do you make of that testy exchange? >> you have to understand it's an adversarial system inside of the courtroom. sometimes it becomes confront confrontation confrontational. not always just between lawyer and lawyer. >> why didn't they want even george zimmerman to say he will testify? >> the defense attorneys here feel they want to protect their client from any suggestions here that might be used against him in some fashion. basically, the lawyers are saying we advice him not to take the stand and not to testify. we bleepelieve the jury has heard everything, seen everything they possibly could. sometimes as a lawyer, prosecutor or defense attorney
lawyers and you're going to see a great argument. mark o'mara, bill, is a fine lawyer and he's going to do a terrific job. >> bill: all he has to do really right because you need, beyond a reasonable doubt all he has to do is plant any little doubt in the minds of one juror correct? >> the red hot witness in this case, i don't know what they were saying about it, you've heard the phrase like a good neighbor. there was a neighbor named john good. this fight took place right behind his porch. he said, martin was on top. zimmerman was on the bottom. and you know, that doesn't -- that's planted in the minds of the jurors. so i think it is an important part of it. look, there is a young man who was 17 years old, who is no longer with us. that's a tragedy. but in terms of meeting the duty the burden of beyond a reasonable doubt, bill that is very, very difficult. i just don't understand how the prosecution is going to make it. >> bill: i certainly agree with you that they're not going to get him on murder two right. so then the options are he either walks or they get him on manslaughter. >> or a
. >> reporter: attorney mark o'mara asked the judge to acquit his client after the state's case, arguing prosecutors had not proved second degree murder. judge deborah nelson denied that motion. >> motion for acquittal denied. >> reporter: putting the defense on deck as this trial moves into week three. as we launch into week three, we expect to see more family and friends. we could see the lead investigator for the sanford police department recalled to testify, and we could hear from a forensic pathologist, an expert in this field. >> remember detective cirino was one of the detectives early on when they decided not to charge zimmerman with anything. >> a lot to talk about. >>> there's also a new tropical storm to talk about brewing in the atlantic headed for the caribbean. let's get to chad myers for more on that. what is its trajectory? >> eventually towards martinique, maybe domenica. normally, july 8th the first named storm on average. where are we now? chantal, the third named storm. already getting a big start. here's martinique right here. expect that big storm to almost be a 50
down, adam pollacd got on top of attorney mark o'mara to show the jury. when describing his client's skill level -- >> he's still learning how to punch, he didn't know how to effectively punch. >> on a scale of one oten where would mr. zimmerman lie? >> like i said level one. >> the judge ruled marijuana in trayvon martin's system is admitted into evidence. court is expected to start earlier today, 8:30 a.m. eastern time and we expect the judge, chris and kate, to rule on whether a computer re-enactment will be able to be admitted in this trial. we'll also expect to hear from more witnesses, more experts in this case. >> george howell following it in sanford, thanks so much. >>> coming up next on "new day," john king with our political gut check. >>> plus a young mom from michigan caught on tape trying to hire a hitman to kill her husband. you have to hear it to believe it. >>> here's another one for you, if fish aren't biting call this guy, he'll catch your dinner, no pole included. there it is, you thought i was kidding, right? >> i did. members of the american postal worker's un
. >> reporter: later -- >> may i use your doll a moment? >> reporter: defense attorney mark o'mara got physical. george zimmerman, trayvon martin. >> reporter: refocusing on head and face injuries whether consistent with an attack. how about somebody resisting the injuries, the two lacerations could that have come from cement. somebody resisting me, pushing down like this? >> i believe so. >> they're going to start the closing arguments today, joe, at 1:00. again, that's supposed to last roughly about three hours, but it's been very interesting for people, court observers anyway, to question whether or not zimmerman was going to take the stand and a lot of people said, it just depends on the type of defense case that is put up and they'll make that decision, you know, at game time decision at the last moment. seems as if the defense feels they've been strong enough, zimmerman doesn't need to get up and speak. >> listen, gene, if i'm the defense, and i got a lawyer that the judge loves as much as the judge loves this defense lawyer. >> right. you're feeling good, aren't you? >> can you believe
's unique self-defense law to protect himself with deadly force. i wish mark o'mara the defense attorney had stressed that. i think a lot about this case has gone off into various tangents. you know, there is no doubt, but that i think a reasonable, normal, ordinary prudent person on that jury in my view will find george zimmerman not guilty by reason of self-defense. >> i mean, it's interesting you say that, geraldo, there are some close court watchers who disagree with you this morning. where you say it's still a race case and it's a very high-profile race case. i think there are some court watchers who are saying maybe at the outset it was, on the surface. but when you began to peel this onion back and began to see george zimmerman helped a homeless black man who had been beaten up by a police officer, went to his defense, a number of other situations which didn't necessarily paint him as the racist he was maybe made out to be in the beginning that has changed their opinion as this case has unfolded, though. you don't see it that way? >>reporter: i really don't. i'm on twitter and i get r
to late week. defense attorney mark o'mara says among the witnesses he plans to call to the stand, trayvon martin's father. among the witnesses, the defense will call perhaps as early as today, 17-year-old trayvon martin's father, tracy martin. when police first played a neighbor's 911 call for tracy martin, the question was, whose voice could be heard screaming for help? a sanford police detective wrote in his report, i asked mr. martin if the voice calling for help was that of his son. mr. martin, clearly emotionally impacted by the recording, quietly responded, no. george zimmerman's defense attorney, mark o'mara. >> i think cha tracy martin said wasp that's not my son's voice and i think that's information the jury needs to have. >> reporter: in court, the jury has listened to that tape repeatedly, as has tracy martin. whose voice is that? >> trayvon. >> reporter: trayvon martin's parents have not commented during the trial but did an extensive interview with nbc news a month before the trial began. >> i never said, no, that's not trayvon. but after going back to the mayor's office and
would be behind your left leg. >> reporter: defense attorney mark o'mara even asked to borrow the dummy on redirect. >> were the injuries consistent with somebody doing this? >> i don't think so. >> how about this? how about somebody resisting the attempt? >> reporter: now, by tomorrow night, george zimmerman could know whether he faces life in prison or freedom. we're told he's preparing for both, spending a lot of time with his family. now, even if he's convicted on a lesser charge, like aggravated assault, we're told that he will be escorted directly from that courthouse to the jail. amy? >> matt gutman, thanks so much. >>> let's bring in abc's chief legal affairs anchor, dan abrams. and, dan, you have been very outspoken of fact that you don't think zimmerman will be charged on murder charges. are we talking about manslaughter? aggravated assault? >> i think the aggravated assault is absolutely crucial. i think there's almost no question that the jury will hear the possibility of manslaughter. but if they hear the possibility of aggravated assault, the reason that's going to make th
. then we expect the closing argument to begin momentarily from mark o'mara for the defense that will go for several hours. after that, the prosecution will have a chance to do a rebuttal closing argument. probably for about an hour or so. the judge will instruct the jury on the law and the jury will go out and deliberate the fate of george zimmerman. they have murder 2 or acquittal. >> when we look at the timing of this, there are indicators that show this could go quickly. the jury is smaller than usual. explain that. >> right, this is only a six person jury. that's standard in florida except in death penalty cases. and they've been sequestered, meaning they've been away from their families and friends. they haven't been able to go on the internet or watch television or listen to the radio for about four weeks since the beginning of jury selection since they were chose be for this trial. i would imagine with six people you have less to talk about. you can get to the issue more quickly. i'm sure they want to get home. all of that points to probably a quicker verdict than usual in a high
and try to persuade the jury not to compromise. >> it's interesting when you compare mark o'hara's style to the prosecutor today. o'mara, and you've been in the court more than anybody, how does his style play in that courtroom? on television, he seems very methodical, very calm, and he's been able to score some real points with prosecution witnesses. >> i think it plays very well, especially when you compare him to don west. the judge likes him. the jury likes him. he's a very likable lawyer. he's got a really great demeanor. his voice is soothing. and i think he comes across as sort of proffesorial. i expect his summation to be very good, and i'm interested in seeing how he incorporates the animation into his presentation. he did say, anderson, that he isn't going to write out his summation, because he sort of breathes this case, has been living this case and will just speak from the heart. this is a tough case with a lot of elements to sort of speak from the heart. so i'm interested in seeing how that comes across to the jury. >> that's that animation, because it's clearly all from zi
know what really happened and one of them can't testify and the other one lied. >> reporter: scott, o'mara reminded the jury repeatedly their verdict has nothing to do with sympathy, it these do with reasonable doubt which the defense believes has been established. >> pelley: and the jury comes back tomorrow. mark, thanks very much. r his final words to the jury, ksprosecutor said the case is not about race, it's about right and wrong. but for many of the folks in sanford, it has always been about both. and michelle miller is there. er reporter: many of the protest which is first brought the trayvon martin's case to the nation's attention were organized at allen chapel a.m.e. church in sanford, florida. >> we marched, we parade, we rallied for a trial. we received a trial. >> reporter: valerie houston is pastor of the 400-member congregation. she has been in the courtroom from the beginning. b the verdict comes back not guilty, what then? >> it's in the hands of the jury because that's the system that t' have. will we be happy about it? no. hll justice have been served? through the system,
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